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MONSTER, GUARDIAN, HUMAN, INNOCENT, HERO.
EACH MAN KILLS THE THING HE LOVES

The Ballad of Reading Gaol was the poet and writer Oscar Wilde's final work. From celebrated playwright and society figure to a broken man dying in exile in Paris, Reading Gaol is a heartrending exploration of the deprivation of liberty, a spectacular fall from grace and a soul-searching quest to hold onto the shreds of humanity during one man's darkest hour. 

This adaptation of Reading Gaol uses the power and grotesque beauty of Wilde's words to tell the story of the punishment and deprivation experienced by prisoners at the turn of the century in direct contrast to the wit and triviality of some of his comedic work.  Featuring Wilde's original poem about the execution of a convicted solider remixed with five brand new pieces of writing and physical theatre commissioned for this production, we plunge headlong into the abyss of incarceration, despair and hope experienced by five prisoners in one of England's most notorious jails. From the grime of Victorian England to the Forests of Africa and back, this production tells a story which goes from the depths of one man's black heart to the brightest hopes of another in a hopeless quest for salvation. 

Proforça Theatre Company presents a visceral new staging of Oscar Wilde's haunting and evocative piece which explores oppression, censorship, and conformity in an increasingly conservative society with themes which are as relevant to us in our world today as they were over 100 years ago. Bigger, braver, and more confrontational than before, we are delighted to be bringing a new staging of this production in an "event" style format to Theatre N16 at its brilliant brand new home @Styx for six special performances this July. 

Reading Gaol is adapted from "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" by Oscar Wilde with new material by James Lewis, Simon Marshall, Erin Read and Catrin Keeler. It is directed by David Brady, Associate Directors Erin Read & Harriet Lambert and produced by Gemma Wray.

Proforca Theatre Company is a fringe theatre company based in London. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ProforcaTheatre. Visit our website at www.proforca.co.uk

Theatre N16 can be found at www.theatren16.co.uk and @TheatreN16. It's Artistic Director is Jamie Eastlake.

Running Time: 110 mins Approx. (15 Minute Interval) 
Contains Adult Themes & scenes of violence.  


cast

"READING GAOL" - ORIGINAL 2017 CAST:

MONSTER: James Vincent
WANDERER: Ross Kernahan
HUMAN: Myles Delahunty
INNOCENT: Jonathon George
HERO: James Baxter-Derrington

CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE: 

MONSTER: James Vincent
GUARDIAN: Malcolm Jeffries
HUMAN: Nic James
INNOCENT: Miles Parker
HERO: Nick Cope

READING GAOL WAS ORIGINALLY PERFORMED IN NOV 2017 AT THE LION & UNICORN THEATRE, KENTISH TOWN


production team

ADAPTED FROM "THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL" BY OSCAR WILDE AND FEATURING NEW MATERIAL BY CATRIN KEELER, JAMES LEWIS, SIMON MARSHALL & ERIN READ. 

DIRECTED BY:  David Brady
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: Erin Read
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: Harriet Lambert

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:  David Brady & Erin Read
PRODUCER: Gemma Wray
WRITTEN BY: Oscar Wilde as C-3-3
WITH NEW MATERIAL BY: Catrin Keeler, James Lewis, Simon Marshall & Erin Read

FOR THEATRE N16: 
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Jamie Eastlake

TECHNICAL MANAGER / LIGHTING DESIGN: Mitchell Reeve
STAGE MANAGER: TBC
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Proforca Theatre Company Limited

MARKETING DESIGN: Proforca Theatre Company Limited
MARKETING / PR:  Chris Hislop
PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY: TBC
PRODUCTION VIDEOGRAPHY: TBC

REHEARSAL FACILITIES:  Theatre Delicatessen, Pasha Camberwell
ACCOUNTANCY SERVICES: Theataccounts Ltd
PRODUCTION MASCOT:  Barbara Read